Definitions for nestnɛst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a bowl-shaped or pocketlike structure, often of twigs, grasses, and mud, prepared by a bird for incubating eggs and rearing young.
any structure or shelter used for depositing eggs or raising young.
Category: Animal Behavior
a number of birds, insects, animals, etc., inhabiting one such place.
a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.
an assemblage of things lying or set close together.
a set of items, often of graduated size, that fit close together or one within another:
a nest of tables.
a set of items or parts forming a hierarchical structure, with larger parts enclosing smaller ones.
a place where something bad is fostered or flourishes:
a nest of thieves.
the occupants or frequenters of such a place.
(v.i.)to build or have a nest:
to nest in trees.
to settle in or as if in a nest.
to fit together or one within another:
bowls that nest easily for storage.
to search for or collect nests.
(v.t.)to settle or place (something) in or as if in a nest.
to fit or place one within another.
Origin of nest:
bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OS, D, OHG, G nest; akin to L nīdus, OIr net, Welsh nyth nest, Skt nīḍa lair
a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
a kind of gun emplacement
"a machine-gun nest"; "a nest of snipers"
a cosy or secluded retreat
a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
"a nest of thieves"
furniture pieces made to fit close together
inhabit a nest, usually after building
"birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"
fit together or fit inside
cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nest, nuzzle, draw close(verb)
move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
"We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an object built by a bird from twigs, leaves, etc.
a bird's nest
a structure built by small creatures such as insects to live in
an ant's nest
to build or live in a nest
Some birds will nest in hollows in tree trunks.
A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.
A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.
A home that a child or young adult shares with a parent, guardian, or a person acting in the capacity of a parent or guardian. A parental home.
I am aspiring to leave the nest.
A fixed amount of cards in some bidding games awarded to the highest bidder allowing him to exchange any or all with cards in his hand.
I was forced to change trumps when I found the ace, jack, and nine of diamonds in the nest.
A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
To build or settle into a nest.
To settle into a home.
We loved the new house and were nesting there in 2 days!
To successively neatly fit inside another.
I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for mom.
To place in, or as if in, a nest.
To place one thing neatly inside another, and both inside yet another (and so on).
There would be much more room in the attic if you had nested all the empty boxes.
To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").
Pasta formed into a round shape.
Origin: From nest, from nestaz, from nisdós, a compound of ni and the zero-grade of the root sed- (whence also English sit).
the bed or receptacle prepared by a fowl for holding her eggs and for hatching and rearing her young
hence: the place in which the eggs of other animals, as insects, turtles, etc., are laid and hatched; a snug place in which young animals are reared
a snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a retreat, or place of habitual resort; hence, those who occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are associated in the same pursuit; as, a nest of traitors; a nest of bugs
an aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock
a collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger
a compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively
to build and occupy a nest
to put into a nest; to form a nest for
A nest is a place of refuge to hold an animal's eggs or provide a place to live or raise offspring. They are usually made of some organic material such as twigs, grass, and leaves; or may simply be a depression in the ground, or a hole in a tree, rock or building. Human-made materials, such as string, plastic, cloth, hair or paper, may also be used. Generally each species has a distinctive style of nest. Nests can be found in many different habitats. They are built primarily by birds, but also by mammals, fish, insects and reptiles. The urge to prepare an area for the building of a nest is referred to as the nesting instinct and may occur in both mammals and birds.
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Translations for nest
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a structure or place in which birds (and some animals and insects) hatch or give birth to and look after their young
The swallows are building a nest under the roof of our house; a wasp's nest.
- ninhoPortuguese (BR)
- das NestGerman
- rede; -redeDanish
- gnijezdo, skrovišteCroatian
- lizdas, gūžtaLithuanian
- ligzda; pūznisLatvian
- rede, bol; huleNorwegian
- ،لانه،آشيانه آسایشگاهPersian
- rede, boSwedish
- 巢Chinese (Trad.)
- tổ chimVietnamese
- 巢Chinese (Simp.)
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